Aug 19, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) is unable to make a diving catch during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
With Hanley Ramirez signing back in Boston earlier this offseason, I wanted to look back at the trade that originally sent World Series hero Josh Beckett to Boston and prospect Hanley Ramirez to Miami.
The trade went down on November 24th, 2005. I will never forget the day, getting a text message about the deal, while I was waiting for my ride to come pick me up from middle school. A part of me died inside, learning that Josh Beckett was no longer a Marlin, but after a bit of research, I was excited about seeing this flashy shortstop the Marlins had just acquired, Hanley Ramirez.
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Along with Ramirez, the Marlins received a couple of pitching prospects in Anibal Sanchez and Jesus Delgado. Headed to Boston were third baseman Mike Lowell, a player who had been a Marlin for as long as I had watched baseball, as well as relief pitcher Guillermo Mota.
The following is not going to be an exact science of determining who ended up winning the trade, as without hindsight, we can say both teams were pretty happy with the outcome of the deal. It’s just me figuring up what each team has to show for the trade nearly 10-years after it was consummated.
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